Carved into a small block of stone, to the right of the entrance to the Palazzo Vecchio, is a profile of a male head, which is known locally as L'importuno di Michelangelo.
Importuno is Italian for pest or nuisance and the sketch is credited as being by the same hand which carved the statue of David!
According to legend, l'importuno was a local bore, who hung about the Piazza della Signoria collaring hapless passers-by and subjecting them to endless and tedious monologues.
On one occasion Michelangelo was standing with his back to the wall of the Palazzo Vecchio when he was approached by l'importuno. As the bore droned on and on, Michelangelo surreptitiously scratched his profile into the stone behind him.
Fact or fiction? While the story has never been proved, neither has it been disproved.